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Archive for November 18th, 2009

Russian Soldier Selling Plastic Explosives

Posted by Info on 18/11/2009

A Russian soldier has been detained for trying to sell  750 grams of the explosive in the city of Komsomolsk-na-Amur. The explosives are built into steel plates on some Russian tanks and are intended to detonate when hit by an incoming missile, reducing its effectiveness.

Corruption and poor pay and conditions are notorious in the Russian army, and conscripts complain of bad housing, inedible food, and bullying by experienced troops.

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Photo From Russia: Three’s A Crowd = One Activist + 2 Security Agents = Unsanctioned Demonstration

Posted by Info on 18/11/2009

Several Russian opposition leaders were detained briefly on November 16 for protesting against the detention of Eduard Limonov, the leader of the Other Russia coalition. But it turns out that their detentions were not a simple matter; in fact, they required a little assistance from a pair of agents provocateurs.

Each of the opposition leaders began his protest standing alone. Under Russian law, that’s not a punishable offense; an individual needs no prior permission to hold a sign in a public place. But when the one-man protest turns into a crowd of three, the police can charge the participants with holding an unsanctioned demonstration.

And that’s exactly what happened as a pair of men in hoods joined opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on his solitary protest. After the police detained Nemtsov for leading the mass action, Vladimir Milov stepped up to take his place — and again, two hooded men boosted the demonstration’s numbers to three. He was also detained, as were two more opposition leaders who began individual protests only to find themselves leading a crowd.

See a slide show of the four consecutive three-man protests.

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Uzbekistan: Human Rights Watch – About Arrest Of Mamatkhanov, Human Rights Defender and EU

Posted by Info on 18/11/2009

Holly Cartner , director of Human Rights Watch said: The human rights situation is clearly not going to improve as long as the Uzbek authorities continue to put human rights defenders and activists behind bars. The EU’s decision to lift the already symbolic arms embargo while at least 14 human rights defenders remain in prison was unconscionable and it now needs to make up for this by redoubling efforts to push for their freedom.

Uzbek authorities should immediately release the human rights defender and farmers’ rights activist Ganikhon Mamatkhanov, who is facing trial on politically motivated charges. Mamatkhanov has regularly provided commentary on the human rights situation in Ferghana, in eastern Uzbekistan, to Radio Ozodlik, the Uzbek branch of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

Mamatkhanov joined the human rights movement in Uzbekistan around 1996 as a member of the Independent Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan. About four years ago, he joined the Committee for the Protection of Individual Rights. He works for social and economic rights, including the rights of farmers, a number of whom were the victims of unlawful land confiscation earlier this year.

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Uzbeks NOT Present At Regional Security Meeting In Kazakhstan – Law Forbids Sending Troops Abroad

Posted by Info on 18/11/2009

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has begun a third round of discussions in Almaty about upcoming counterterrorism exercises.
Representatives from SCO members Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and China also visited the Otar training grounds in southeastern Kazakhstan, where the maneuvers involving some 10,000 troops are to be held next year.

Delegations from all SCO members except Uzbekistan are attending the meetings. The Uzbek government has recently limited its involvement in the Eurasian security organization, in which Russia and China are the dominant partners.

In September, the Uzbek parliament adopted legislation on its cooperation with the SCO that limits it to sending observers to the counterterrorism maneuvers after members of the upper house of parliament noted that Uzbek law forbids sending troops abroad.

The SCO was founded as the Shanghai Five in 1996 and changed its name in 2001 after Uzbekistan joined as a member.

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Anti-Fascist Activist And Friend Of Killed Markelov Shot Dead in Moscow

Posted by Info on 18/11/2009

Ivan Khutorskoy, 26, was found by neighbors in the entryway to his building on Khabarovskaya ulitsa on the evening of November 16.

Khutorskoy had been assaulted three times prior to his murder. In 2005 his head was slashed with a razor, he received multiple wounds around the neck from a screwdriver and was beaten with a baseball bat during a second incident, and in 2009 he was stabbed with a knife in the stomach during a street fight.

Khutorskoy had recently been working as security for concerts put on by anti-fascist groups. Colleague Aleksei Grigoryev said in an interview on Svoboda radio that Khutorskoy had also frequently worked as security during the press conferences of the prominent human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov, who was murdered last January.

“In general, he was a visible figure for opponents; apparently this is why the fascists tried so persistently to liquidate him,” Grigoryev said. Speaking on condition of anonymity, another colleague told Reuters that Khutorskoy’s murder was likely political. “Ivan [Khutorskoy] knew Markelov. His murder was either revenge, or a challenge to the authorities following the arrests.”

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How 12 Students in Omsk Could Be Expelled ? By Being On List of “Extremists” For Being Politicaly Active Or Complaining About Food

Posted by Info on 18/11/2009

A campaign has been launched to expel students participating in political activism from Omsk State University.Administrators at the university have drawn up a list of twelve “extremists” and have designated class time to discuss counter measures against them. Allegedly the administration is acting under clandestine orders from police.

Included on the list are three students who are members of the youth division of the Yabloko opposition party. Other students listed had been actively complaining about the quality of food in the university cafeteria.

One of the  studentss Aleksandr Shurshev, leader of the Omsk regional youth division of Yabloko, wrote on his blog that on November 3, an urgent session was called…. Shurshev asserted, the list of “extremist” students was read aloud, and those present were told that association with these students was “undesirable: they are dangerous, connected with extremism” and “need to be expelled.”

Close relatives and friends of the twelve students say that they periodically receive phone calls from people claiming to be from the police, saying that serious hardships await the students if they don’t stop their political activities.

The campaign in Omsk is not the first time Russian police have pressured universities to expel student protesters. In January, the Moscow Department of Internal Affairs sent a letter to the provost of the Higher School of Economics encouraging

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Fired Officer to Present Evidence of Massive Police Corruption=150 hours of audio – concern for safety

Posted by Info on 18/11/2009

A police major who posted videos on the internet detailing abuses in a Russian police department announced at a press conference in Moscow on Tuesday that he has 150 hours of recorded audio that back up his claims.

Major Aleksei Dymovsky says he wore a mini-dictaphone beginning in spring 2009 to record evidence of document falsification, corruption, and other abuses by members of law enforcement in the southern city of Novorossiysk. He stated that he was ready to personally present these and other secret documents concerning the allegations to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

He elaborated on his claim that superior officers had forced him to illegally bring charges against an innocent person. He said that Novorossiysk Police Chief Vladimir Chernositov had a conflict with a local lieutenant colonel by the name of Slyshik, and that Dymovsky was forced to arrest Slyshik’s son for a nonexistent crime.

Dymovsky, who had wanted to leave Novorossiysk for Moscow with his family out of concern for their safety, had initially attempted to travel to Moscow by plane. However, when he was detained en route to the airport and found that his bank accounts had been frozen, prohibiting him from buying a ticket, he decided to make the approximately one thousand mile trip by car.

Dymovsky asserted that “I will win” and that he was prepared to sit in jail for three years for the risk he had taken. He also promised to distribute his gathered evidence on the internet, “to show how we work.”

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